Archive for December, 2009

“The Phantom Menace” Movie Review

December 22, 2009

This is a rather genius review of Star Wars Episode 1 and how the franchise derailed itself forever. It’s quite long (running in at 70 minutes, broken over 7 parts) but well work a look as it is incredibly insightful, funny and bang on with it’s analysis. It does get a bit weird in parts – the narrator is meant to come across as more than a little deranged – but overall immensely fun! This was put together by Red Letter Media, a small film company out of Milwaukee, WI. All seven parts after the jump – enjoy!

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“Thank You For Smoking” Title Sequence

December 17, 2009

I was doing some research for a project, looking at classic cigarette packaging for inspiration, when I recalled the great opening sequence for the film “Thank You For Smoking”, and upon review it is every bit as good as what I remembered. Beautiful typographic work capturing the look and style of old-school cigarette packaging, created by Shadowplay Studio.

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Illustrations by Rik Lee

December 17, 2009

These are some really lovely works by Melbourne based illustrator Rik Lee. I really love the subtlety of the works – the splashes of colour, the fine detail and use of pop culture references and imagery. Check out his blog for more amazing work, and you can buy some pieces online at Etsy.com. First seen at Art Sponge.

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New Works by Tyler Stout

December 16, 2009

I have featured Tyler‘s work on this blog before and am a huge fan. These are a couple of new works by him that have just been released. The first is a new “The Warriors” poster commissioned by The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, located in Austin, Texas, which will be available to buy from his site. The other is part of a series of “Lost” inspired art from a number of different guest artists, of which his piece is the latest, and is due to go on sale at NothingsForever.com.

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Hush x Dan Baldwin = Awesome

December 14, 2009

These are two beautiful paintings from a series of collaborative works between Hush and Dan Baldwin, from an exhibition called “Don’t believe the Type” at Zero Cool gallery in London. They apparently started work on the paintings separately and then swapped, adding their own elements to the pieces – the results are magic.

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Hush “Hymn To Beauty” Installation

December 14, 2009

Another post about UK artist Hush, this time a great timelapse video of him preparing an onsite mural for the recent “Hymn To Beauty” exhibition. I love any chance to see an artist at work and being able to witness the processes they employ along the way. Video after the jump – Enjoy!

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Artist Profile – El Tono

December 14, 2009

I thought these works by El Tono, a French born street artist, very interesting and distinctive. He attempts to create work that contributes positively to it’s environment: “The whole point is to intrigue people, to make people reflect in some distinctive way, to produce something for people to wonder at.” You can read a detailed history about him here. First seen at We Find Wildness.

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Typography Project by Sveta Sebyakina

December 14, 2009

These are works from an ongoing typography project by Sveta Sebyakina, where she makes letterforms out of found everyday objects and spells out greetings in various languages. The collection has grown pretty large, and there are some truly lovely examples to be seen. First seen at Fubiz, where they have collected the various sets into one big gallery.

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“Chase the Tear” by Portishead

December 14, 2009

This is a brand new track released by Portishead for Amnesty International, available as an exclusive download single from 7 digital, with all earnings going towards Amnesty’s human rights work. The track is brilliant, and I really love how intimate this video feels as it keeps panning around a small studio cluttered with equipment as the band perform. More info here.

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Web Services Covers by Rétrofuturs

December 14, 2009

These are a fun and quirky take on the current Web applications taking the world by storm. They are by French illustrator Stéphane Massa-Bidal aka Rétrofuturs, whose global concept is “mix the past, the present, the future and shake it!”.

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